1. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. That is to say, only the individual can lower his or her brain frequency into alpha. This can be facilitatedby a hypnotherapist, but the actual change is performed by the client.
2. All people can be hypnotized regardless of their intelligence or background. The only requirement is that the person has to want to be hypnotized. If a person is convinced he or she cannot be hypnotized, chances are good that he or she is right.
3. Everyone enters hypnosis differently. Customizing the session to the client and building rapport between the hypnotherapist and the client is essential.
4. Not all people achieve a deep state of hypnosis. This can be developed through practice. It is important to note, however, that to achieve positive change in people for most of their concerns, even a light state of hypnosis is adequate.
5. A person under hypnosis is not unconscious, asleep, or in a trance. His or her senses are alert, not dulled. Mind activity occurs, but it is of the creative thinking type, not the analytical.
6. The person hypnotized is not under anyone's control. No one can make him or her do anything at all, let alone something he or she wouldn't want to do. All changes occur within the client with his or her permission. In fact the work is done by the client. The hypnotherapist is only a facilitator and can only help with suggestions that have been previously agreed upon. The client retains full control and can come out of the session anytime he or she feels it necessary to do so.
7. A person cannot get stuck in hypnosis. A trained hypnotherapist knows how to return the client to the normal state. If, however, the client did not wake up he or she would merely sleep for a short time and then awake.
8. People are not the same in their ability to be suggestible. Even in the conscious state people vary greatly in their suggestibility. Some people can be talked into most anything, while others are rigid skeptics. Suggestibility also varies in the alpha or hypnotic state. Positive suggestibility sometimes has to be developed. Another benefit of hypnosis, however, is that a client who is too suggestible can learn to control this and become a little more resistive while in the conscious state.
9. A person will remember what occurs during the session, unless he or she asks the hypnotherapist to have him or her not remember.